Dec
3
4:00 PM16:00

150th Anniversary Exhibition

Attend the 150th celebration exhibition on Courthouse Square! 

Enjoy the new public art display “Redwood City Pages”, 150 Faces of our Community photo display, historic photos from the “Now and Then” project, 150 celebration proclamations from neighboring cities, free Redwood City History publication, 150th memorabilia for sale, and pre-order your DVD of the documentary “Redwood City: A Voyage of Innovation” by Bryan Kingston. Light refreshments will be served. Afterwards, go to the Fox Theatre to see the documentary of Redwood City history!

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Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Hometown Holidays Festival and Children’s Parade

Come Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Redwood City Downtown Business Group. The annual children’s festival and parade, ice sculpture, snow lot, Santa Claus and tree lighting in Courthouse Square. This event will take place rain or shine. Free Admission.

 For detailed information of activities and schedule: www.hometownholidays.org

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Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Veteran’s Day Recognition

Come honor our veterans at the Veterans Day Celebration, the annual signature project of the Redwood City Downtown Lions Club. Activities include veterans recognitions, displays, vendors, refreshments, complimentary admission the San Mateo County History Museum for all veterans.

Schedule:

10 a.m. - Socializing

10:30 a.m. - Music by the West Bay Community Band

11 a.m. - Opening ceremony including folding of the Flag Ceremony, Performance by the Ragazzi Boys Choir, Closing Ceremony.  

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Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Halloween Tour

Are there ghosts in Union Cemetery?  Some people say "Yes". Come on a tour (if you dare) and learn about people with "unusual" deaths.  Yes, bloody.  Yes, frightening. We have all the gory details. Slit throats. Burnt (and eaten) bodies. A mild-mannered but perhaps murderous horse. We've got it all.

Tours are free and last about an hour. We walk on gravel paths.

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Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

“Many Roads to Redwood City”

The Redwood City area has been home to many people through the years, starting with the indigenous people, early Spanish and Mexican explorers and missionaries. They were, and still are, being followed by people who come to Redwood City from across the United States and throughout the world. Come hear the stories of some who traveled the “many roads to Redwood City”. Visit the Immigrants Gallery and taste desserts from different countries.* There is a small charge for dessert tasting.

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Oct
15
12:00 PM12:00

Redwood City Sequoia Art Group (SAG) 54th Annual Art Show

Join the Redwood City Sequoia Art Group (SAG) as it celebrates Redwood City’s 150th with their 54th Annual Art Show featuring the work of SAG members and community artists, plus the work of the Sequoia District Junior high and High School Students. On Sunday at 4:30 there will be an awards ceremony.

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Sep
21
to Sep 24

Oktoberfest

For the fourth year, Redwood City celebrates Oktoberfest in Downtown Redwood City, featuring a fabulous traditional German Oktoberfest setting with over 1,100 feet of “family style” bench seating, lots of fun and merriment, music, dancing, contests like stein holding and yodeling, cold beer and other beverages, food including pretzels and brats, and more!

Opening with a new Happy Hour Seating on September 21, plus five festival seatings through Sunday, September 24, the huge decked-out Oktoberfest tent will transform Courthouse Square, for revelers of all ages to enjoy.

Advanced online ticket purchase is recommended, as this event may sell-out prior to door sales. An entrance fee ($18-$20 and $10-$12 for kids & designated drivers) includes a commemorative stein & one drink ticket (beer or soda depending on ticket type), along with great German-style entertainment featuring AlpinersUSA and The Golden Gate Bavarian Club.

While children are welcome to join Oktoberfest and enjoy the music, dancing, and food, it is important to note that due to the reduced footprint of the event there will be no dedicated children’s area or activities.

To learn more about Redwood City’s Oktoberfest and purchase tickets, go here, https://www.redwoodcity.org/residents/redwood-city-events/festivals-holiday-events/oktoberfest 

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Aug
26
10:30 AM10:30

Historic Tour: Downtown Redwood City

As part of the San Mateo County Historical Association’s Victorian Days Walking Tours program, a historic downtown tour will be conducted by the City of Redwood City’s Historic Resources Advisory Committee at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 26. The tour will begin in front of the 1863 Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton Street and will include most of Redwood City’s historic commercial buildings as well as some historic residential properties. Walking tour participants will see where Wyatt Earp occasionally came for a drink, where a Wells Fargo Express Office operated in 1875, Redwood City’s first new car showroom salon and auto repair garage, the finest theater on the peninsula in 1896, the former homes of prominent pioneer citizens, and much more. For more information go here.

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Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Victorian Days Tour

Ahh, the Victorian Days in the Wild West!  Compare and contrast the image of the Victorian times with life in Redwood City in the late 1800s. We had our parks, dances, photographers, fancy clothes, and social life - but with a "twist".  End the tour by playing an actual antique Victorian game to get a "feel" of what social life was like back then.  

Tours are free and last about an hour.  We walk on gravel paths.

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Jul
4
10:00 AM10:00

July 4th Parade and Festival

It is only logical that Redwood City, the county seat of San Mateo County, should be a parade capital. The first parade conducted here occurred on July 4, 1887, when outside the old courthouse there was 38-gun salute that put into motion the Redwood City Brass Band and other marching unit — 23 years before they even got around to paving the streets in downtown Redwood City.


The Peninsula Celebration Association held their first celebration in 1939 when a local car dealer, butcher, and real estate agent came together to create a nonprofit, all-volunteer event that allowed local families to celebrate the Fourth of July close to home. Today you can join in to help celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Redwood City by creating a float, a marching unit or a performing group, or being part of the audience! Check it out here.

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & Landscape Photography Workshop

Come learn how to capture landscape photography. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Five Points. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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Jun
20
11:00 AM11:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

Join us to share your photos of Five Points. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & Landscape Photography Workshop

  • Redwood City Library, Teen Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come learn how to do Landscape Photography. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Five Points. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

Panel Discussion: “Our Fascinating Court History: Personalities and Cases”

  • San Mateo County History Museum, Courtroom A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In partnership with the Redwood City Sesquicentennial Committee, the San Mateo County History Museum will present a panel discussion entitled “Our Fascinating Court History: Personalities and Cases.” The program will take place within the Museum’s beautifully restored Courtroom “A.” The panelists will discuss judges, district attorneys and interesting cases that have left their mark on the County (and Redwood City as the county seat). The moderator will be Judge John Grandsaert, the current Presiding Judge of the Superior Court in San Mateo County. Panelists will include Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum, Retired Superior Court Judge Margaret Kemp and current District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

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Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

Join us to share your photos of Five Points. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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May
29
10:00 AM10:00

Memorial Day Celebration

Named a California Historical Landmark in 1967 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, the Historic Union Cemetery helps to keep alive the history of Redwood City. The Memorial Day Celebration includes a flower laying ceremony and anvil firing. Tours of the Cemetery are available.

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May
27
10:30 AM10:30

Historic Tour: Downtown Redwood City

The historic downtown walking tour, sponsored by the City of Redwood City and Historic Resources Advisory Committee, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, in front of the 1863 Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton Street. The tour will include most of Redwood City’s historic commercial buildings as well as some historic residential properties.

Walking tour participants will see where Wyatt Earp occasionally came for a drink, where a Wells Fargo Express Office operated in 1875, Redwood City’s first new car showroom salon and auto repair garage, the finest theater on the peninsula in 1896, the former homes of prominent pioneer citizens, and much more.

For more information go here.

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May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & iMovie Workshop

Come learn how to create Landscape Photography. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Pacific Portland Cement Plant. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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May
20
12:00 PM12:00

150th Anniversary Festival with Flower Extravaganza

Redwood City celebrates its Sesquicentennial year in style, starting with a special 150th Festival and Flower Extravaganza. This free downtown event features three stages, along with attractions such as a Flower Extravaganza & Flower sale; Live Music; a Historic Fashion Show; 1850’s Pioneer Camp; Kids Love Trucks Area; Art on the Square; and an evening 3D Digital Light Show. Plus, amateur and professional Barbeque Chefs will compete at the Redwing Chicken Wing Competition for fun, prizes and major bragging rights! Lastly, there will be an Adult Tasting area, delicious ethnic food, FREE hands-on art projects, and a Children's Play Area, complete with bounce houses, and much, much more! 

For a full schedule of the day's events go here.

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May
20
10:00 AM10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & iMovie Workshop

Come learn how to use iMovie to create slide shows using photos and short videos. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Pacific Portland Cement Plant. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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